Vermont ski resorts ready for lift-off

A delegation of resort representatives and tourism officials from Vermont were in Toronto last week (Oct. 15) for an industry event coinciding with the 2015 Toronto Snow Show. Canada is a major market for the state, as roughly 1.7 million Canadians visit Vermont on an annual basis.

“Last year was a record year. In fact the last three years were the best three years we’ve seen in a long time so we’ve got a tremendous amount of momentum coming up for this next season,” said Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association (VSAA).

Weekly non-stop direct air service between Toronto and Burlington, Vermont will be available for a fifth year beginning in December on Porter Airlines on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, until April 2016.

Pictured at the event (l-r) are Hilary Renner, US Consulate General Toronto, Candice White, Sugarbush Resort, Parker Riehle, VSAA, Leslie Kilgore, Stowe Mountain Lodge, Steve Cook, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, Sarah Wojcik, VSAA, JJ Toland, Jay Peak Resort, Lucy Leriche, Vermont agency of commerce and community development, Kyle Lewis, VSAA, Michael Joseph, Killington Resort, Dave Young, Killington Resort, John Bleh, Sugarbush Resort, Ruth Williamson, US Consulate General Toronto and Rob Aiken, Smugglers’ Notch Resort.